We compare the entry level, median and average residential broadband tariffs in 84 countries. The data includes services offered over copper, cable and fibre networks in Q2 2016.

Country rankings by residential broadband tariffs

The study was conducted by Internet and telecommunications market research specialist Point Topic.

Researchers analyzed more than 5,000 fixed broadband tariff rate schedules spanning more than 300 operators in 94 countries. Using purchasing power parity (PPP) to adjust broadband subscription prices for differences in benchmark living costs across countries, Point Topic analyzed broadband prices and speeds for entry level, median and average price schedules for Internet services as of 2Q 2016.

Comparing countries by using the cost of broadband subscriptions is a straightforward idea but the variation in entry level versus median and average costs can be significant. To help provide an easy way of comparing directly we have taken the PPP data on entry level, median and average tariffs, produced rankings and then compared the variance.

We have included a ‘variance’ column to indicate how the different ranks for the different metrics are spread. So we see that the wide spread in Brazil or India in the chart (big differences in entry level, average and median tariffs) is represented by high variance. At the other end of the variance scale countries like Croatia, Japan or Korea rank rather consistently.

However, it should be noted that this is only one set of metrics measuring one aspect of the broadband markets so it is dangerous to draw conclusions in isolation.

Residential Broadband Costs by Country

According to Point Topic, the average monthly charge globally for residential broadband services was $104 in Q2 2016, up slightly from $101 in Q1 2016. Other findings of the research include:

  • Both the average cost and bandwidth of residential broadband services continued to increase in Q2 2016
  • The average cost per megabit continued to decrease over the three-month period;
  • The average monthly charge for business broadband services dropped significantly while average bandwidth increased;
  • Average prices for business Internet services dropped substantially;
  • Asia-Pacific offers the fastest services for both residential and business broadband, while average bandwidth increased in 2Q as well.